Since 2013 it feels like so much has changed while simultaneously nothing has changed.
I started using social media to market my films because I didn't know what else to do. I wasn't sure how to market my films outside of that. I got involved with the film community on there and they're all just the most pretentious of pricks. They're always going on and on about the newest movies coming out and why they're the best movies ever and how they want to make films just like them. This is a big reason why I put my 20 years rule in effect.
Do you remember when the indie industry was happy being the indie industry? I do. I remember when independent filmmakers used the independent banner to get away with stuff that big studios were too afraid to gamble on. Now the indie community wants to turn out the same garbage as Hollywood, it's sickening. I've stated before that I prefer the metal community over the film community but I don't think I ever went into detail as to why.
Whenever I've hung out with metal dudes, I always feel at home. I never had the anxiety of upsetting someone or committing some faux pas, it always felt like home to me. I always expected to find the film industry to be as accepting but that never happened. It was a world of backstabbing, underhandedness, hypocrisy, and lies. The film world was not where I wanted to be.
This is what I'm talking about when I talk about getting back to my roots. See, when I was in a band, I'd invite people I knew to my shows. Granted, most of them wouldn't turn out, but a few of them did. I would chat with these people afterwards and hang out with them. This is what I want to do with my films. I want to show them in a theater and invite everyone I can out to see them so I can spread the word. I want to try something different with everything.
I've tried doing things the way all these other film people do them and I really haven't made any progress other than that fact that I've made more movies than they have. I want to take a different approach, my rocker approach. The people who have been the most supportive are from the music industry, I guess it's just where I'm supposed to go.
I decided long ago that I don't want to stop making films, it's definitely something I love. Just dealing with the politics of the film industry is sickening to me and it's not something I want to deal with. I just need to get back to my roots, it may take some time but I have confidence that I'll get there.